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IFCO 2260 - International Political Economy

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

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Course Description

The global economy is the historic result of political decisions, but it also shapes politics and society in very specific ways. This course proposes a multidisciplinary perspective on the evolution of the global political economy and its effects on national politics. Based on insights from political science, sociology, anthropology, economics and history, we will study what may appear as rather technical issues in macroeconomics. We will cross the boundaries between economics and politics and move from the national to the international arena and back. Student will gain familiarity with social science theory on some of the most fundamental tensions in the global economy, in particular from the developing field of international political economy. We will study how the current economic order evolved historically; debate international economic issues from a variety of perspectives, in particular monetary systems and capital mobility, trade, investment and production, finance and economic development; and analyze the effects of integration on national politics, economic equality and the environment. The objective of the course is to understand the linkages and tension between democracy and capitalism, between national variation and international integration, and to study wealth, inequalities, community, and nature in the global economy.


  • BARICHELLA, Arnault M. (Etudiant doctorant)
  • CHAO, Wei-Ting (Teaching Assistant, Phd Student)
  • WOLL, Cornelia (Professor, Vice President for Studies and Academic Affairs, Sciences Po)

Pedagogical format

This is a 24h lecture course in English. The teaching assistant(s) will organize occasional work sessions to help students with their assignments and the preparation of the final exam.

Course validation

There will be two requirements: a mid-term essay accounting for 40%, and an online final exam (2 hours) accounting for 60% of the final grade.


Students are expected to do the weekly assigned required readings. They will allow preparing students for the class, follow the lectures more easily and gather the knowledge necessary for succeeding the final exam.

Required reading

  • Ravenhill, John. 2014. Global Political Economy. 4th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Oatley, Thomas. 2011. International Political Economy: International Edition. 5th ed. Harlow: Pearson.
  • Moschella, Manuela, and Catherine Weaver. 2013. Handbook of Global Economic Governance: Players, Power and Paradgims. London: Routledge.
  • O'Brian, Robert, and Marc Williams. 2013. Global Political Economy: Evolution and Dynamics. 4th ed. New York: Palgrave Macmillian.

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